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Most animals have a curious nature. Pets like dogs and cats love to investigate just about anything they come across, and they do so primarily by their sense of taste and smell. Unfortunately, in some cases, this can lead to them swallowing an object that wasn’t meant to be eaten.
Veterinarian in Winnipeg Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital has found the most common items swallowed by animals to be toys, plastic, paper, small articles of clothing, stones, sticks and food wrappers. Often the pet will vomit after ingesting the item, expelling it safely. In other instances, these items can pass through the pet’s intestines and be expelled without an issue.
However, in some cases, the item can get lodged in the intestinal tract as a foreign body. If this happens, surgery is often required to remove the object and restore normal functioning of the intestines.
Some of the top signs your pet has ingested a foreign body include:
If your pet is exhibiting these symptoms and you suspect they might have a foreign body in their intestines, they should be brought in for a full examination. Diagnostic tools that can be used at our Winnipeg animal hospital include:
This suite of testing will help to locate the obstruction and also assess the animal to see if their health has already been affected by the blockage. Additionally, other possible causes of their symptoms will be ruled out; these might include pancreatitis, an infection, enteritis or Addison's disease.
In some cases, it will be determined that the foreign body will pass on its own. The pet may be kept for observation and follow-up radiographs so that the progress of the foreign body can be tracked as it exits the pet’s system.
However, in other foreign body cases, surgery will be required. Time is of the essence, as the obstruction might be cutting off blood supply to essential tissues. The foreign body may also be blocking digestion and nutrition, so it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible.
When the issue of a foreign body is addressed quickly and efficiently, the prognosis for your pet will be very good. However, the outcome depends upon the exact size, shape, material and location of the foreign body. The age and current health status of the pet are also factors.
If you suspect that your dog, cat or other pet requires foreign body removal, trust your veterinarian in Winnipeg for assistance. Winnipeg animal hospital Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital will use abdominal radiographs (x-rays), endoscopy and other diagnostic tools to determine the root of the problem. From there, surgical extraction or other treatment plans can be implemented to expedite healing and recovery. We look forward to meeting with you!